National Park Service Research Opportunity - Mojave NP

13 May 2016 9:02 AM | Jennifer Talken-Spaulding

Mojave National Preserve is interested in conducting an Ethnographic Survey for the African American homesteading experience in Lanfair Valley, Mojave National Preserve, CA.  Partners of the National Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network (CESU:  http://www.cesu.psu.edu)  are invited to respond to this request for Letters of Research Interest.  This announcement is open to partners of the Californian, Colorado Plateau, Desert Southwest, Great Basin, Pacific Northwest, and the Rocky Mountain CESUs.

Deadline for responding to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is July 15, 2016, at 23:59 PDT.


The Mojave National Preserve is seeking a partner to aid in identifying and understanding historic and contemporary  associations of African Americans with the Lanfair Valley community.  The partner will be tasked with completing an ethnographic study that will document the historic relationship and contemporary values and beliefs these people have regarding the area.

Lanfair Valley, in the Mojave National Preserve, in San Bernardino County, California, USA, preserves a remnant of an African American homesteading community settled and farmed from 1910-1930 with some families remaining into the 1950s. The area provides insights into the life of early 20th century African American homesteading families.

Funding Opportunity Announcement

The funding opportunity is available at grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284307).   Application instructions are included in Section III of the FOA.   Applications are to be submitted through grants.gov, and an application package (including all required and optional forms) is available for applicants on the grants.gov page for this FOA.


Please contact William Nash, Financial Assistance Officer, NPS-PWR, (william_nash@nps.gov or 415-623-2262) or Lilette Baltodano (lilette_baltodano@nps.gov or 415-623-2251) if you have any questions.

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